What to Expect
When you are looking for a veterinary care clinic you should be able to count on superior care and excellent service. We at Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital have assembled an expert team of veterinary professionals to bring you the best possible healthcare for your pet. We have a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that is clean, comfortable, and efficient. Call us to schedule an appointment and we will find a time that is convenient for you.
Bring in any medical history you have for your pet when you come to our hospital. We suggest that you keep a journal of your pet's health throughout his or her life, including behavioral shifts.
Once a year, you should schedule a check-up for your pet. This will include a full physical exam. We will check the health of your pet from head to tail, and you will be very happy you came to Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital for service.
For our clients that need to bring their pet in for surgery, we have put together, what we hope will be useful information.
In some circumstances, our doctors will refer you to a specialist who has advanced expertise in areas such as internal medicine or surgery.
Before the Surgery Appointment
For those pets who tend to be easily stressed, we can suggest some ways to help them relax on the trip.
Take the carrier out a week prior and place it open in a common area with soft bedding and treats. Feliway wipes applied to the carrier may also help to reduce stress by using a synthetic copy of Feline Facial Pheromones, resulting in a happier kitty.
Start building a positive reaction to visiting our office when very young. Stop in regularly to just get a treat from a friendly staff member. This will help socialize your pet and reduce stress when the time comes to have surgery.
If you are not yet acquainted with our doctors and would like to meet the one with whom you have scheduled your pet's surgery, may we suggest you set up an exam appointment to take place about 1 week prior to the day of surgery? This will allow you to get to know your doctor better, while your pet is examined and helps to establish a more personal relationship between you and your veterinarian.
The Day of the Appointment
Pets are to be fasted starting at midnight the night before surgery
Arrive between 8 am and 9 am, allowing enough time to go over an estimate and surgical options. Surgical options can also be done before the day of surgery.
For their safety, make sure to have pets either on a secure leash or in a pet carrier.
There are no set times for routine surgeries, but you may call during the day to check on how your pet is doing.
An assistant will contact you at the end of the day, once all surgeries are finished, to report on the status of your pet.
You may pick up your pet the following day after 9 am. so that the doctors have time to examine your pet and see that they are fit to go home.
Once You Get Your Pet Home
A patient recovering from surgery will require some basic care. The incision site should be checked and cleaned daily using a mixture of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide, using a dabbing method. Sites requiring suture removal should return 10 to 14 days after surgery, no appointment is required.
Don't be alarmed if your pet is quiet for a day or two, keep them in a calm, comfortable environment to allow them to recover. Play should be restricted to minimize stress to healing incisions.
An E-collar is recommended to impede your pet's access to the incision site.
Occasionally a patient may experience some nausea after surgery, if this occurs, please contact our office for further instructions.
If at any time you have questions or concerns, please contact one of our friendly staff members.